Hello lovely reader,

I have always wanted to share, inspire, give tips and creative ideas. So here it is, my first proper blog.  I have been holding it off, as I am not a creative writer and my native language is Dutch, which makes me more insecure.  Anyway, I have decided to take the plunge and do it. I hope you find it helpful.

If you like doing your up your own house, think about what the rooms should look like, like tom go furniture shopping and maybe even paint your self. But you can’t seem to get it right. This blog is for you.

mood board


From a young age I have always been hands on and there were many times when I decided to change my bedroom around and started painting the walls. Some makeovers where good, some were awful. To be fair, I still do this in my own home now (I can just see my husbands face when I bring home dome paints, thinking: “Oh no, what is she up to now?”) I just like to try things out. I must have about 10 layers of paint in each room by now.

In the 90s sponging was in. Have you ever heard of the technique? I didn’t particularly like the look, but was fascinated by the technique, it was new and different. I think it lasted for about a year before I went to sunflower yellow. Maybe I was already practising for becoming an interior designer.

The thing is, you have to test things and try things out to see if they work in real life. This is all great when you want to be a professional and have a painter at hand, but you as a home owner don’t have the luxurity to just try out lots of options to find the right thing you love. You just want the right look & feel for the budget you had in mind the first time you do it.

By trying out I gain experience and know what will work and what doesn’t in certain types of rooms. Hiring a designer is a great solution for your problem. there are many designers who work with smaller budgets, so don’t be scared to ask for some quotes.

mood board

If you are handy and creative and not afraid to tackle a project, this is how you start your room:


This is the most important thing, make a plan and stick to it!  Find pictures, look through magazines, go on Instagram & Pinterest and find pictures you love.

Step 1

Make sure you find pictures of what you want your room to look like, not just any room. Would you want it to be cosy, modern, minimalistic, dark, light, inviting, formal, colourful.
Think of the style furniture: traditional, modern, scandi, french, natural, slick.
What kind of items do you need: a rug, table, lamp, vase, picture frame, the type of window dressing, the pendant light you love. Just save it all.

Step 2

Once you have collected lots: Shift through them, delete the ones you are not so interested in anymore.

Step 3

Make a mood board. Use the collection of pictures to make a mood board, you can use Canva for this, or print it all out and cut and paste. I will show you how to make a great mood board in a future blog as well. You can also ask a designer to make a mood board for you and give you suggestions for the type of products that go with the mood board.

Step 4

Now your mood board is done. This is your plan to stick with. If you see anything you like for your room, check your mood board: does it fit in? Does the colour work, is it the same style and does it fit my budget.


If you have made your own mood board, please post it here! Or email me, tell me how you did it and if you ran into any obstacles. I am here to help.

Love, Nadine


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